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Centers for Working Families (CWF) Evaluation Project

IMPAQ is under subcontract with Research Support Services (RSS) to conduct two waves of telephone follow up interviews for the Centers for Working Families (CWF) Evaluation Project. The CWF program seeks to increase families’ financial stability by integrating services and providing assistance with job placement, financial management and public benefits. The study is funded through a Social Innovation Fund grant that LISC received from the Corporation for National and Community Service and by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Student Academic Mindset Interventions: A Critical Review

IMPAQ International conducted a research-based review of the core problems, concepts, and theory of action underlying student academic mindsets (such as grit and persistence) and learning strategies, and their connection to academic achievement. The review summarizes trends and highlights promising interventions and tools. As part of the review, IMPAQ interviewed a number of experts in field including researchers who studied these interventions and practitioners who have developed and implemented the interventions.

Middle Shift Learning Network: A Scan of Student Agency Practices

IMPAQ International conducted a scan of student agency practices implemented by networks funded by the Raikes Foundation as part of their Middle Shift Learning Network (MSLN) schools. The primary objectives of the scan was to help the Foundation understand the state of the field of practices related to student agency in Middle Shift Learning Network (MSLN) schools and to provide information regarding the evidence base supporting the student agency supports and practices already in place within the network.

School Choice Information Feasibility Study

IMPAQ International, in collaboration with Child Trends and WestEd, is conducting an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) sponsored exploratory study to 1) identify promising strategies for providing parents with high-quality information that will help them to make effective school choices and 2) examine the feasibility and design of an impact evaluation focused on this topic.  The project includes conducting a literature review and consulting with experts in school choice about the key factors associated with school information plans; collecting information on the school choice informatio

Reading Apprenticeship Validation Study

Funded through the US Department of Education’s highly competitive Investing in Innovation (i3) fund, IMPAQ international, in collaboration with Empirical Education Inc., and WestEd, is conducting a random assignment study to validate the Reading Apprenticeship model to adolescent literacy development. The Reading Apprenticeship framework combines affective and cognitive aspects of literacy support, promoting adolescents' engagement and achievement in reading and writing in their content area classes.

Evaluation of the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center

The Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center uses IMPAQ’s event feedback summaries, as well as our year-end evaluation reports, for ongoing continuous improvement. The information gives the Center and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) an overview of the Center’s performance, including each year’s accomplishments and challenges. It also assists the DOE with program monitoring and policy.

Evaluation of the Creative Curriculum for Preschools

Under subcontract to Chesapeake Research Associates, IMPAQ is assisting with an evaluation of the Creative Curriculum for Preschools. First developed in 1988 by Teaching Strategies, Inc., this curriculum is among the most widely used in preschool programs in the United States. The purpose of the project is to conduct an independent random assignment evaluation of the Creative Curriculum. This evaluation assesses the impact of the curriculum on the classroom environment, children’s development and kindergarten readiness, and whether the curriculum can be implemented with fidelity.

Analysis of Medicare Parts C and D Monitoring Methods

IMPAQ is working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) follow important regulations regarding beneficiary safety, access to care, and financial risk. Our work leads to stronger guidance for these plans and a safer and better Medicare experience for beneficiaries.

Because the study topics vary, the input does as well. We explore everything from large Medicare claims data sets to custom administrative data collections designed in-house and surveys of plans and beneficiaries.  

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